It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fruit and Shade, a Reflection on Psalm 1

Proverbs 31 offers praise of a capable wife. Psalm 1, chosen by the lectionary as a response, is not restricted to wives, but it does, like the passage from Proverbs, present a model for wise living.

"Don't listen to the wicked," we are cautioned. "Don't take the path that sinners tread."

Rather, the wise are supposed to pay attention to what God wants.

And according to this psalm, doing what God wants can make somebody happy. On the other hand, listening to what people who are wicked or sinful or plain lazy will have bad results.

I am struck by the imagery of the tree planted beside streams of water. I grew up in a place and a time with little rain. Driving through the countryside, we could easily identify where the creeks were still running because we could see a strand of trees in the middle of a field. A well-watered tree thrives, yielding fruit and shade.

Let us allow  ourselves happiness by following the teaching of the Lord. Let us yield fruit and shade.

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